Today in history

Today is Wednesday April 28, the 118th day of 2021. There are 247 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after refusing to be inducted into the armed forces.

To this date:

In 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States.

In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they tried to flee the country.

In 1952, the war with Japan officially ended with the entry into force of a treaty signed in San Francisco the previous year. General Dwight D. Eisenhower has resigned his post as Supreme Allied Commander Europe; he was replaced by General Matthew B. Ridgway.

In 1958, the United States conducted the first of 35 nuclear test explosions in the Pacific Proving Ground as part of Operation Hardtack I. Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, began a tour of goodwill in Latin America which was marred by hostile crowds in Lima, Peru and Caracas, Venezuela.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter accepted the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance, who had opposed the failure of the rescue mission to free American hostages in Iran. (Vance has been replaced by Edmund Muskie.)

In 1986, the Soviet Union informed the world about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

In 1988, a flight attendant was killed and more than 60 people injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 was torn off during a flight from Hilo (HEE’-loh) to Honolulu .

In 1994, former CIA official Aldrich Ames, who passed US secrets to the Soviet Union and then to Russia, pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion, and was sentenced to life in prison. without parole.

In 2001, a Russian rocket took off from Central Asia with the first space tourist, Californian businessman Dennis Tito, and two cosmonauts on a trip to the International Space Station.

In 2010, Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was worse than officials believed and the federal government was offering to help the oil giant industry BP to contain the slick threatening the American coastline.

In 2015, urging Americans to “do some soul-searching,” President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration at the recurring deaths of blacks at the hands of the police, rioters who responded with senseless violence and a society that would do nothing but “Feign worry” without getting to the root. causes.

In 2019, former Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, a leading voice in foreign policy during his 36 years in the Senate, died in a Virginia hospital at the age of 87. with estimated ticket sales of $ 350 million domestically and $ 1.2 billion worldwide.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama reshuffled his national security team, CIA Director Leon Panetta succeeding Defense Secretary Robert Gates and General David Petraeus replacing Panetta at the CIA. Convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping a California girl, Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 at the age of 11 and rescued 18 years later. (Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years in life; Nancy Garrido was sentenced to 36 years in life.) Patrick Chan of Canada won the world figure skating championships in Moscow.

Five years ago: Vice President Joe Biden urged Iraq on an unannounced visit not to let its crippling political crisis upset hard-fought gains against ISIS.

A year ago: President Donald Trump signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act to keep meat packing plants open; he classified meat processing as critical infrastructure. The Navy said the number of sailors aboard the USS Kidd who tested positive for the coronavirus had risen to 64, or about a fifth of the destroyer’s crew. Joe Biden won the Ohio presidential primary, the first major test of the statewide election by mail amid the virus outbreak. Hillary Clinton became the last Democrat to endorse Biden as the party continued its unification efforts. Democrat Kweisi Mfume easily won a special election to complete the term of late Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 91 years old. Actor and singer Ann-Margret is 80 years old. Actor Paul Guilfoyle is 72 years old. Jay Leno, former host of “Tonight Show”, is 71 years old. Rock musician Chuck Leavell is 69 years old. Actor Mary McDonnell is 69 years old. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) is 68 years old. Actor Nancy Lee Grahn is 65. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is 61 years old. Rapper Too Short is 55 years old. Actor Bridget Moynahan is 50 years old. Actor Chris Young is 50 years old. Rapper Big Gipp is 49 years old. Actor Jorge Garcia is 48 years old. Actor Elisabeth Rohm is 48 years old. Actor Penelope Cruz is 47 years old. Actor Nate Richert is 43 years old. Television personalities Drew and Jonathan Scott are 43 years old. Actor Jessica Alba is 40 years old. Actor Harry Shum Jr. Actor Jenna Ushkowitz is 35 years old. Actor Aleisha Allen is 30 years old.

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